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Four Days Late and Still On Time

Scripture: John 11: 17 -27 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 1, 2015 So, out of curiosity, who had the most trick or treaters last night?  As children, we loved trick or treating, didn’t we?  My friends and I always competed with each other over who could get the most pieces of candy which is…

Reaching for the Forbidden Fruit

Scripture: Genesis 3: 1 – 7 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 25, 2015 ‘Tis the season for ghosts, goblins and witches.  But the spookiest, most frightening figure I have ever encountered is Brother Jud.  I first met Brother Jud while I was in college. Brother Jud would pace back and forth in front of…

Embracing A Beautiful God

Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose October 18, 2015 There was an elementary school class who was performing the play, Cinderella.  As the teacher was giving out parts, a sea of arms waved wildly.  Each child trying to get the teacher’s attention.  “I want to be Cinderella!” the some of the girls yelled.  “I want…

All Parties, All In

Scripture: Genesis 15:1-21 Rev. Bill Maury-Holmes October 11, 2015 ‘Tis the beginning of the covenant season here at Redlands United Church of Christ, that time of the year when we challenge ourselves to reflect upon our own commitments to God, our church community and whatever new works of service may be stirring in our souls.…

Table Manners

Scripture: Luke 14: 1, 7-14 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 4, 2015 (World Communion Sunday) As I look at this beautiful table covered with breads from around the world, I reflect upon meals I have had, bread broken, in different parts of the world.  In particular, I am reminded of an exquisite meal in…

When Prison Doors Open

Scripture: Acts 16: 25 – 34 By Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN September 27, 2015 I don’t know about you, but the closest I’ve ever been to being thrown in jail was when I was 17 years old.  I guess it would have been juvenile hall.  I was with some friends in Palm Springs during spring break.  We were walking up and…

The Word of the Lord

Scripture: Isaiah 40:8 By Jill A. Kirchner, MDIV, DMIN September 13, 2015 Tomorrow night, I will begin leading the Bible Study group in a discussion on the Gospel of John.  Leading Bible Study is probably one of my favorite parts of ministry though I have a love / hate relationship with the Bible, which many Christians refer to as the “word of…

Let’s Get Personal – “Daughter”

Scripture: Mark 5:24b-34 By Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN September 6, 2015 There have been two callings in my life:  to be a minister and to be a mother.  (And motherhood / parenthood is a calling.) A few years ago, I gave up on the call / the dream to be a mother.  For one reason or another — including borderline ovarian…

Let’s Get Personal – Celebrating Love

Scripture: John 2: 1 – 11 By Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN August 30, 2015 In almost every wedding ceremony, there is something that goes wrong. A young couple, very much in love, was getting married. Sue, the wife to be, was very nervous about the big occasion and so the pastor chose one verse that he felt would be a great…